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THE TERRITORY

 

In addition to the Wine Relais as a place to stay for a private getaway, the refined elegance of the tasting room where the quality of Canalicchio di Sopra wines can be discovered, and the naturalistic walks among the Brunello Cru of our estate, Borgo Canalicchio di Sopra is a great starting point to explore the sweet land of Tuscany, rich in history, traditions, and authentic food and wine experiences.

MONTALCINO

Montalcino is just a five-minute car ride away or half an hour on foot. This old town has its own ancient and prestigious history and sits alongside its medieval fortress atop a hill that overlooks the surrounding vineyards, cultivated fields, and forest. Churches and museums house exquisite collections of art. The narrow and steep streets reveal splendidly aged places, like the Brunello that made them famous. It is a place where tourists blend in with the locals in an elegant and treasured atmosphere which is, at the same time, authentic and traditional.


ABBAZIA DI SANT'ANTIMO

Just a twenty-minute drive from the Borgo stands the most famous Benedictine complex from the Romanesque period, a rest stop for pilgrims along the Via Francigena since the era of Charlemagne. Set in a field surrounded by hills of vineyards and the Mediterranean brush, it is a place for meditation and silence, sometimes only broken by Gregorian chanting. Magical in the morning fog, heavenly at sunset.


PIENZA

It only takes about twenty minutes to reach this charming little town in the Val d’Orcia, whose centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty. The main square, the buildings, the narrow lanes, the romantic and sweetly Tuscan surroudings, the terraces that look over landscapes and cypress trees. As sacred as its pecorino cheese, an absolute must.


SAN QUIRICO D'ORCIA

Just fifteen kilometers from the Wine Relais, San Quirico is a very old town that dates back to Etruscan times, and during the Middle Ages, it was a rest stop for wayfarers along the Via Francigena. Must sees are the fortress walls, the Collegiata and Pieve church, the remains of the Cassero Tower and the Horti Leonini, an amazing sixteenth-century garden that opens onto the main square. Take your own picture of the famous postcard of cypress trees along the way.

BAGNO VIGNONI

Not far from San Quirico, this village dating from Roman times is one of the most beautiful places in the Val d’Orcia, maintaining its magical charm over the centuries, where even today the past steeps in the mist of the hot springs that run free, sulphurous and warm. Popes and kings have soaked in this soft healing water. History and nature in their purest form.


SIENA

A forty-five minute drive from Canalicchio di Sopra, the biggest event for this city is the Palio that takes place every year on July 2 and August 16 when ten of the seventeen districts called contrade, drawn on a rotation, challenge each other to a medieval horse race in the main square, Piazza del Campo. Before the legendary race, there is a historical parade featuring medieval costumes as well as the jockeys and horses that starts from the Cathedral and weaves its way through the streets of the city. Save the date!


FIRENZE

The Tuscan capital can be reached in an hour and fifteen minutes by car where the rest of the day can be spent seeing as much as possible from the Santa Maria Novella church to the Cathedral with its dome by Brunelleschi and bell tower by Giotto. Go shopping old style in the gold shops of Ponte Vecchio or shop for the latest trends along the high streets of fashion around Palazzo Pitti. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or even buying a pair in the most famous city in the world for leather goods.

 



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Our culinary recommendations

 

A journey to explore the flavours, gourmet artists, and the charming wine bars and restaurants of Montalcino that have chosen to pair their specialties with Canalicchio di Sopra wines.

Le Logge di Piazza

Situated right beside the delightful Palazzo Comunale tower in Montalcino’s Piazza del Popolo, for years now Alle Logge di Piazza has been the place to go for an aperitif or a quick meal that’s always of the highest quality.
A great selection of wines by the glass as well as an enviable list of Brunello di Montalcino bottles from the most acclaimed vineyards, chosen personally by Simone, soul and heart of this restaurant, are the perfect accompaniment to the excellent cured meat and cheese board, soup and hand-made pasta offered by the house at almost any time of the day under the direction of Tamara. At breakfast time you can find the parents, Tamara and Sebastiano, for some of the best and most renowned coffee in the area.

Le Logge di Piazza
Piazza del Popolo, 1 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 61 86
winebarlelogge@email.it

Type: Restaurant - Wine Bar

Time: 7:00am / 12:00pm non-stop


Boccon Divino

This restaurant was founded in 1992, thanks to the love of Mario and Vanna Fiorani and their daughters Marina and Alessandra for the authentic flavours springing from the generous Tuscan soil. Since 2000 the cuisine has been in the creative hands of Alessandra, even though Mario still jealously holds the key to dishes like the Old Style Peppered Beef Stew or Montalcino Tripe with Saffron. Instead it is Marina who reserves the guests a kind and professional welcome and takes care of the incredibly broad and assorted selection of wines. From the marvellous terrace overlooking the Val d’Orcia, you can admire one of the most beautiful views in Tuscany; here you can seat comfortably to taste the restaurant’s specialities while sipping a glass excellent Brunello di Montalcino. The Restaurant has been given top rewies in all the sector guidebooks for years. Named in Michelin and Gambero Rosso guides, it is also one of the most famous Italian restaurants that has been dedicated a special article in the American Wine Spectators journal, thanks to the quality of the cuisine and its carefully selected wine cellar, where canalicchio di Sopra has always been given pride of place.

Boccon Divino
Via Traversa dei Monti, 201 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 82 33
www.boccondivino.it

Type: Restaurant

Time: 12:00 / 2:00pm - 7:30 / 9:30pm


Osticcio Ristorante Enoteca

Simplicity and elegance, tradition and innovation chase each other, following one another and coming alive inside this historic restaurant in the heart of Montalcino. Stories of vines and honey, land and air, food and wine, are told in a harmonious manner through the fervent hands of Ronald Bukri and the wise hands of Francesco Perali.They echo into an inseparable bond that combine a friendship, established long before  their cooking and dining one.

Osticcio Ristorante Enoteca
Via Matteotti, 23 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 82 71
www.osticcio.it 
info@osticcio.it

Type: Restaurant - Wine Bar

Time: 11:00am / 11:00pm non-stop


Osteria di Porta al Cassero

You can’t come to Montalcino without stopping off at the Osteria Porta al Cassero. Opened by Piero in the middle of 1900s, since then it has kept the typical flavours of Montalcino farming tradition alive, offering the experience of genuine osteria. With just a small selection of well-made dishes and a list of wines exclusively from Montalcino, it’s the simplicity of the place has made it a cult among the Montalcino eating establishment. And then the location, a stone’s from throw Montalcino’s enchanting 14th century fortress, full of history. A mix of ingredients served up clevery by the next generation, Silvia, with the dressing of professionalism and congeniality.

Osteria di Porta al Cassero
Via della Libertà, 9 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 71 96
osteriadiportaalcassero@hotmail.it

Type: Typical osteria

Time: 12:00 / 2:00pm - 7:30 / 9:30pm


Re di Macchia

Offering typical Tuscan cuisine, the Re di Macchia restauranti is the ideal place to taste traditional dishes clevery interpreted by the chef Roberta, who together with antonio, jalouse custodian of the wine cellar, has run this establishment in the centre of Montalcino for years. An enviable selection of Chianina beef is offered up in the guise of the famous “Florentine steak”, with the predictable, but ever fitting accompaniment of a goal Brunello di Montalcino. And there are Roberta’s celebrated, pretty and tasty desserts.

Re di Macchia
Via Soccorso Saloni, 21 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 61 16
redimacchia@alice.it

Type: Restaurant

Time: 12:00 / 2:00pm - 7:30 / 9:30pm


Vineria Le Potazzine

Right in the heart of historic Montalcino, a stone’s throw from the Palazzo Comunale, this wine bar/restaurant offers typical local dishes such handmade pasta, beef tagliata and selection of cured meats and sheep’s cheese. With a great deal of experience in both selling and producting wine, Gigliola offer a wide selection of wines by the glass as well the possibility to choose a bottle from the 500 labels kept in her adiacent wine shop. It’s nice weather you can dine al fresco on the charming jasmine-egde patio.

Vineria Le Potazzine
Piazza Garibaldi, 9/11 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 60 54
www.lepotazzine.com/vineria-le-potazzine

Type: Restaurant

Time: 11:00am / 7:00pm non-stop . July-August 11:00:am / 11:00pm


Taverna Grappolo Blu

Maria Pia’s passion for cooking and Luciano’s love of wine were the basis in the mid-1990s for setting up this simple, true-to-tradition trattoria which has made
its rediscovery of old Tuscan flavours its strength and mainstay.
We’re in the historic centre of Montalcino, just a few meters from Piazza del Popolo, in a typical family-run eatery whose simple, traditional atmosphere will sweep you off your feel. The endless wine list tells of passion of Luciano, originally from Lazio, for this land. A land clocked in magic atmosphere full of warmth to give you a truly unique experience.

Taverna Grappolo Blu
Scale di Via Moglio, 1 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 71 50
www.grappoloblu.it

Type: Restaurant

Time: 12:00 / 2:00pm - 7:30 / 9:30pm


Drogheria Franci

Upon entering Fabio and Silvia’s restaurant, you can immediately feel that the place has something magical about it. In its country chic atmosphere, the chef literally interprets the typical raw material of our land with a desire to experiment, which makes this restaurant one of a kind in Montalcino. If you then add a selection of wines than any top international restaurant would fancy as well as the view
of the Fortress from the terrace, it all becomes the perfect blend for a classy evening in Montalcino.

Drogheria Franci
Piazzale Fortezza, 6 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 81 91
www.locandafranci.com

Type: Restaurant - Wine Bar

Time: every day except on 25 December . 12:30 / 3:00pm - 7:30 / 11:00pm


Trattoria Il Leccio

The skills and creativity in enhancing typical local recipes with an original, personal touch has made this restaurant, situated in the pretty town of Sant’Angelo in Colle, one of the eateries that all gourmands visiting the land of Brunello wine just have to experience. It’s the project of Gianfranco that has always worked in Montalcino’s tourism and catering industry, running one of the historic venues in Piazza del Popolo for years. In the immense quiet, below a clock whose chimes, slicing through the silence, never cease to amaze, let Gianfranco recommend you one of the many prestigious bottles on offer from the restaurant’s wine list.

Trattoria Il Leccio
Via Costa Castellare, 1-3 . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 41 75
www.trattoriailleccio.com

Type: Restaurant

Time: 7:00pm / 11:00pm


Trattoria Il Pozzo

In the heart of the medieval village of Sant’Angelo in Colle, where the Val d’Orcia meets the Maremma area, Franca and Paola Binarelli prepare the best in Tuscan cuisine every day in a warm family atmosphere. The pasta is only made by hand on a daily basis. The zero-kilometer selection of meats and local products are the driving force of this marvellous restaurant. In the dining room, Simone proudly shares his selection of the best wine labels in the area, which he suggests with passion and knowledge when recommending the best food wine pairings.

Trattoria Il Pozzo
Piazza Castello . Sant’Angelo in Colle . 53024 Montalcino (SI) . Italia
Tel. +39 0577 84 40 15
www.trattoriailpozzo.com

Type: Restaurant

Time: 12:00 / 2:30pm - 7:00 / 10:00pm